"Insightful look at tragedy on the eve of the Civil War"
In 1860 on the Lynch Wyoming ranch, Jenny and Chase are
attracted to one another almost from the first moment they
meet. They eventually exchange vows of love that both
believe is forever as each one of the couple presumes he or
she is the luckiest person on the earth. They marry and
soon Jenny becomes pregnant. However, happiness ends when
an enemy of Chase kills Jenny's brother on his wedding
day. Feeling guilty and angry, Chase vows to revenge the
death of his best friend.
Chase deserts Jenny and begins tracking the culprit Logan.
As his heart fills with darkness, his spouse wants her
beloved back not this brooding stranger who shows up
periodically. She misses her sibling too, but her energy
is to help the man she cares about above her own life find
his way back into the light of love.
This story is at its best with flashbacks to a happier
times as the present (and much of the book) is spent in
separation. The key couple is a delightful duo, but the
audience barely sees them together except in memories.
This makes for strong relational realism, but hurts the
romantic element. Cindy Holby displays her talent with an
insightful look at tragedy on the eve of the Civil War.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted May 25, 2003